Last year, General Cigar Co. commemorated the Christmas season by releasing two limited edition extensions to its La Traviata line with “holiday” themes: Angry Santa and Evil Snowman. This was followed by the Sinister Sam, which was a modified CAO America blend released for the Fourth of July holiday. All of these themed releases have sold very well for General and as such it was decided to continue the series.
This year, there are again two releases for the Christmas holiday, both of which were rolled at a STG Estelí in Nicaragua. The Nasty Nutcracker is a modified CAO Gold blend that measures 6 1/2 x 52 and features tweaked wrapper, binder and filler tobaccos in order to achieve a spicier version of the original cigar. The Rabid Reindeer is a modified CAO Mx2 that is also 6 1/2 x 52 and incorporates both Nicaraguan and Honduran ligeros in order to bump up the overall strength of the original blend.